But there is also the "lost colony" of Roanoke in Carolina, chronologically speaking: 1584 ... if we want consider the English.Jamestown Virginia is the first permanent English settlement in North America and it is the only one we need to know because from this small settlement that began on the 14th of May 1607. we have founded the greatest portion of this earth that man has ever known.
From simple beginnings we have saved the world from 2 World Wars and numerous financial and political battles. Jamestown is indeed the greatest of all European settlements in the New World.
This settlement is responsible for two things. It is responsible for the founding of the greatest nation in the history of the world; the United Sttes of America and it is responsible for the true beginnings of the English, you notice I do not say British, empire.
For the United States of America we only need to remember Jamestown. Jamestown, Virginia is the heart and soul of the United States.
From this small settlement bleeds the essence that is the American spirit.
There are others that did come before Jamestown but none that are more important. Jamestown is the foundation of the way of life that North Americans enjoy every day in their lives.